Above the Clouds in Rainier National Park
Audio/Visual sound, color
December 16, 2008
Climb Every Mountain..
Fun and odd romp through... SEVERAL parks actually. It seems the editors clipped on a bunch of mountain exploration movies on to one reel. Fun, but I can imagine getting frustrated with the title so specific. Oh well.
Wilford B. Wolf
September 14, 2008
One the dangers of these films that time and careless individuals have left pieces to be tossed together in no order.
Such as this case with this film. The film is collection of films about mountains, mostly from the Pacific Northwest, but from at least 4 or 5 different sources.
The reel starts off with some really nice mountain climbing footage of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. From the intertitles and quality of the footage, it could be from the early 1930s. Then it jumps to kayaking footage from the 1920s, possibly the Dechutes River in central Oregon. Next, there is a fragment of a 1920s travelogue (or promo film) for Banff in western Alberta.
Bizarrely, we then cut to a ride up a tramway at Sugarloaf Mountain in Brazil. Then it is back to North America, perhaps to the Twin Falls in Idaho. Finally, we end up going to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park in British Columbia.
The result is sort of like a Bruce Conner film; the way stuff was put together makes some sort of sense. Cuts were usually made at title cards and fade outs, so it seems deliberate, but clearly this is not taking place in the same location. On the other hand, much of the footage is well shot and the vistas of wilderness are stunning.
September 12, 2008
God Bless Rick Prelinger
After several less-than-pleasant offerings, Rick Prelinger is back in action with quite possibly his most beautiful upload yet. A charming 20's silent, this short film fearures stunning footage of nature, and we must thank Ricky for preserving this gem.